Jan. 11, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Langston Galloway tied his career-high with 30 points to lead Saint Joseph's to an 80-62 win over Fordham in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. SJU is now 12-5 (2-1 A-10) and has already surpassed last year's season victory total (11). Fordham drops to 7-9 (0-3) on the season.
Galloway connected on 10-of-14 from the field and a career-best 7-of-9 three pointers, while scoring 17 points in the first half as SJU jumped out to a 34-24 halftime lead.
Saint Joseph's broke the game open, 50-31, with 13:47 to go in the second half as Galloway converted a layup off a pass from Kanacevic and the ensuing foul shot. The Hawks would shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half.
Fordham would go on a 16-7 run to cut the deficit to 57-47 on a three-pointer by Branden Frazier with 7:38 remaining. But Aiken answered with a three-pointer to build SJU's lead back up to 60-47.
The Rams would again close in, cutting the Hawk lead to 65-56 on a jumper by Chris Gaston with 4:05 remaining, but Carl Jones hit a pair of free throws and Galloway hit a three to give SJU a 70-56 edge at 2:26.
"I think the first half defense was key, holding them to 24 points and (Chris) Gaston didn't have a field goal in the first half," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "In the second half we got a little sloppy for about 12 minutes, where it was kind of trading points as opposed to putting our foot down aggressively. The rebounding is cause for concern but again 12-for-24 from the three-point line - if we shoot like that, we'd be hard to beat."
Frazier topped Fordham with 22 points and Gaston added 15. Kervin Bristol had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Rams.
Saint Joseph's goes on the road for consecutive games starting with a contest at Massachusetts on Saturday and then to visit Xavier on Wednesday, Jan. 18.